New players from 10 clubs gathered in one place. As if it was nice to see them, they exchanged greetings with big gestures and asked each other how they were doing, and the conversation continued. The sea of laughter was overflowing.
The ‘2023 KBO League New Player Orientation’ was held in Daejeon on the 12th. About 130 new players from 10 professional baseball teams attended. Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) president Heo Gu-yeon, KBS N commentator Park Yong-taek, and MBC Sports Plus announcer Park Ji-young spoke as speakers. This orientation was held face-to-face for the first time in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As photojournalists approached and took pictures, some players burst into laughter as if they were embarrassed. ‘Legend’ Park Yong-taek, commentator, gave a lecture. Most of them listened, but a few club players who came from far away from dawn fell asleep. Player A, who was dozing off, said, “I started at 6:30 this morning. He woke up at 5:00 a.m. and was so tired,” he said with a shy smile.
During the lecture, commentator Park asked, “Am I lacking in skills compared to Junho Yoon (Doosan) and Hyunin Ryu (KT)?”
Rookie players attended each club’s finishing camp last November. It is the first time as a player to wear a uniform and participate in training. Kiwoom rookie catcher Park Seong-bin (19) said, “I was excited from the moment I went to the finish camp. He is currently training in Goyang. In the future, I think the excitement will outweigh the difficulties.”
On this day, fans of new players also visited the orientation area to give gifts to the players. Mr. B, who fell in love with the ‘handsome’ face of Hanwha rookie infielder Lee Min-jun (19) and became a fan, is a college student living in Daejeon. Mr. B said, “I came to see the player in person because it was close to my house. I fell in love with Lee Min-joon’s charm through the club’s YouTube. He is not injured and shows a good figure, so I hope to see him in the first team soon.”
The moment when the players’ eyes sparkled the most was during the lecture on ‘Media Relations’ by MBC Sports Plus announcer Park Ji-young. The players listened to announcer Park’s lecture, imagining the moment they would lead their team to victory on the first team stage and be selected as MVP.
Announcer Park suggested a virtual interview by calling LG catcher Kim Bum-seok. Kim Beom-seok, who came up to the podium, responded to announcer Park’s hypothetical question, “Today, in the ninth inning, Kiwoom Lee Jung-hoo caught three strikeouts,” he said, “Lee Jung-hoo is the best hitter in the KBO League. He studied such a player a lot with Go Woo-seok and came up with it.” Fellow rookie players also praised Kim Beom-seok’s words, saying, “Beom-seok speaks very well.” Kim Beom-seok said, “He was interviewed thinking about the day he would become a distinguished player, and he was in a good mood.” 바카라사이트
Announcer Park received support from a player who wanted to sing a song to change the atmosphere. Samsung rookie pitcher Park Kwon-hoo (19) raised his hand. Park Kwon-hoo sang Paul Kim’s ballad song ‘Meet You’ with a lot of confidence. However, he made the audience burst into laughter with his tremendous squeaking and instability in pitch.
Park Kwon-hoo did not lose his confidence until the end, saying, “I will prepare a great song then,” when announcer Park told him that he would request a song again if he met him in an interview with a truly distinguished player in the first team. Park Kwon-hoo said, “I go to coin karaoke five times a week. I just had a bad neck condition today,” he stressed.
Afterwards, the players listened to lectures on cheating prevention, sports ethics education, financial management, and pension. He must have been tired, but he listened without much distraction for a long time. Starting in February, they will be scattered into groups 1 and 2 to prepare for spring camp. Hanwha pitcher Kim Seo-hyun (19), the 1st-ranked nominee in the 2023 KBO League 1st round, pledged, “If I go to the 1st team spring camp, I will quickly learn the team’s operational instructions and signs and adapt well to the atmosphere.”